Letters to the Editor, Oct. 18

Marco Eagle
Editorial cartoon

Bernie Sanders’ heart attack

Pharmacist Suzy Cohen’s article (Marco Eagle, Tuesday, Oct. 15) promotes supplements as prevention for blocked arteries and myocardial infarctions. However, the greatest risks for both conditions are age, male gender, smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol level, and family history.

The most likely causes of Senator Sanders’ recent event are age and being male, assuming he doesn’t have the other major risks. The lack of supplements plays a small (if any) role in most people. 

Anger, however, is a destructive emotion, which should be avoided.  I hope Bernie gets good advice on that point.

David A. Sorber, MD, Marco Island

Country is ‘torn’

What has happened? Our wonderful county that my father fought for during World War II appears to be torn so very much.

Why can’t we simply respect others and acknowledge what we know in our minds to be true. Stop hurting each other and be good to all people. Together we can actually do anything.

Charles Nail, Marco Island

‘Let us vote’

Here we go again, more meetings organized by the hysterical, political hacks in Washington.

I believe this is being done because they don’t believe it’s possible for them to win the next election, one on one.

Guess that is understandable, seeing and hearing the present group of job seekers.

If we the American citizens don’t want the existing president, then let us vote and change things the American way. Stop shoving your interpretations, intuition, guesswork and accusations down our throats. We are paying the bills, even though nothing is being done for American citizens.

Robert Keller, East Naples

Form a third party?

After reading letters to the editor in Southwest Florida and the WSJ, listening to cable news and national news, the acrimony between Democrats and Republicans is relentless and pathetically irreconcilable.

It’s time to form a third party, one that takes good from the left, good from the right, the willingness to listen with respect to the far left and right, then formulate a middle path.

The majority of Americans are in the middle but are being forced to choose one side or the other because there is no central ground.

Sara Jewell, Golden Gate Estates

Interstate Welcome Center is no longer welcoming

My wife and I have been coming to Florida for the past 15 years during the winter months. Two years ago, we became full time residents, having sold our home in Pennsylvania.

Each year we stop at the Welcome Center on Interstate 95 as we celebrate returning to Florida. This year, I was appalled at the condition of the center. It has become rather shabby and reflects a lack of care. Even the long established tradition of giving away free citrus juice has been taken away. This is hardly the image we want to present to the millions of visitors using this facility. We need to welcome our tourists with a positive picture of the fun that awaits them as they frolic on our beaches and spend their dollars in our communities.

This is especially hard after stopping at the new Georgia Welcome Center and experiencing a first class effort on that state's part.

I would hope that our governor could divert some of our funds to the restoration and rejuvenation of this tired old relic and send a message to our visitors that we really want them to feel 'Welcome' and we hope they enjoy their stay.

David Kolde, Naples

Toll roads of broad concern

The proposed toll roads for Florida should worry more than just “environmentalists.” If you hike, fish, hunt or just want clean air and water, you should be worried as well.

Gov. DeSantis makes big news about cleaning up Florida’s water, but approving and fast-tracking toll roads that would go through lakes, rivers and tributaries, and promote development of these areas, will undo all the things he says he wants to do for the environment. The occurrences and magnification of bluegreen algae and red tide events will only increase with the urbanization of Florida’s last natural places.

Toll roads could essentially gut the state from one end to the other. They would open large swaths of undeveloped land to development — those areas we not only enjoy but also rely on for a healthy environment.

Typically, fighting for protection of natural places falls into the hands of environmentalists. But if you also care about Florida’s last remaining natural places, for whatever reason, the construction of toll roads is your fight too. Otherwise, there won’t be anything left worth fighting for.

Carol Pratt, Golden Gate Estates